Vikram’s business is making immense strides disposing of- and converting domestic solid waste into agricultural manure in Pune’s urban areas. Vikram (38) struggled to find the right career path. Ill-advised business ventures also saddled him with debt.

A chance meeting with a friend working in a sewage treatment plant gave Vikram his idea: there was no proper management system to dispose of solid waste which led to environmental and health risks. He wanted to make a difference but lacked the funding and guidance.

YBI’s India member, Bharatiya Yuva Shakti Trust (BYST), saw potential in Vikram’s ideas and provided the necessary $3,600 start-up loan and mentoring. Today Vikram’s business has an annual turnover of $190,000; it has more than 50 contracts; and it provides employment for 40 traditionally underprivileged people.

Vikram received a “Highly Commended” award in YBI’s Environmental Entrepreneur of the Year category. Read his success story here.

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